To spread aloha and share an unforgettable ocean experience with visitors of our lovely islands.
Our company launched with a single tour in 2008. Since then we’ve expanded and now operate multiple tours from Waikiki and Waianae on the island of Oahu and from Kona, on the Big Island, serving over 400,000 guests. We are extremely pleased to share the joy of swimming with wild dolphins, in their natural habitat, with the world.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Thank you for visiting our website! I would love to share my story with you.
I first swam with dolphins almost 30 years ago (while 5 months pregnant!). That unforgettable day has been burned in my memory. The experience was so inspirational, I changed my last name to “Iruka” which means “Dolphin” in Japanese!
I believe spending time with dolphins can deeply affect us on a human level. I founded this tour company in 2008 to share this revelation with the world. When you embark on one of our ocean tours, with an open mind and open heart, you too can have a life-changing experience.
Since our company’s launch, we have served over 400,000 happy guests and we are honored to have shared our journey with so many. If you would like to experience an amazing ocean adventure, with majestic dolphins, schedule a tour with us! It is my sincere hope that your trip to Hawaii will be unforgettable.
MEET OUR CREW!
PRESIDENT (OAHU & BIG ISLAND)
Iruka’s life was changed after she gained inspiration from the dolphins’ happiness and wonder. Her mission in life is to share her gratitude and happiness with more people and to inspire others to always live life courageously, positively, and optimistically.
Henry Pelekai has been the captain of Iruka Hawaii for as long as ten years. Previously, he worked as a firefighter for 34 years.
CAPTAIN & CREW (OAHU)
The happy-go-lucky JB is both Captain and crew. He is devoted to ensure a safe and enjoyable tour. His hobbies are bodyboarding and spearfishing.
CAPTAIN & CREW (OAHU)
Sasha is Iruka Hawaii’s female captain! She’s cute and friendly and will make your tour enjoyable.
Growing up in Laguna Beach, California, Kevin was interested in the sea and fish since he was five years old. In 2001, he moved to Hawaii to pursue his dream of being a ship’s captain. He enjoys scuba diving and fishing; his forte is in catching mahi mahi, ahi, and ono. He even won the 2017 Haleiwa fishing tournament. He is also skilled in first aid and CPR to ensure that Iruka’s guests have a safe and enjoyable tour.
Brian grew up in the Pacific Northwest but moved to Hawaii. He enjoys cycling and fishing. His awesome attitude and smile will be present all through the tour!
Wayne grew up in Table Rock Lake in Missouri fishing and water skiing. He was a scuba diving instructor in Maui for 8 years. He also led wild animal tours in Alaska. With these experiences, he really treasures the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins and manta rays.
Maikai is our expert conch shell blower. On your tour, you’ll most likely find him helping out on board. He sings very well; be sure to tune in to his E hō mai (traditional chant).
Brandon was born and raised in Nanakuli. In his spare time, he goes hiking as well as to the beach. He likes to exercise!
Pookela (or Kela for short) grew up in Waianae. He will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable tour!
Donovan is a college student at Leeward Community College. He likes sports such as paddle boarding, hiking, swimming and surfing. He’s a little shy but he enjoys meeting new people. Be sure to look out for him and say hi!
Greg who grew up in Florida is a scuba diver who loves the sea and marine life. He love Costco’s large pizzas!
CREW (BIG ISLAND)
Trevor is from London, UK and marine biology is his area of expertise. He moved to Hawaii and Iruka was “love at first sight” for him. He loves his job and hasn’t given much thought about other careers. He loves marine life so much that we think he’s actually part fish.
Bradley is a freediver, lifeguard and a photographer! He loves the sea and is attracted to Hawaii’s clear blue waters.
Dustin loves swimming, skiing, freediving, surfing, kayaking, and he’s also skilled in architecture and art! He loves the ocean and strives to ensure that everyone on board is safe and having a good time.
PHOTOGRAPHER / GUIDE (OAHU)
Minako has been with Iruka for at least ten years. She is fluent in Japanese, loves the ocean, and is a qualified freediver and scuba diver. When she’s not in the water, she is a massage therapist. Follow Minako’s photography on Instagram! @minakoellenbecker
Originally an office worker sitting in front of a computer all day, Kosuke changed his profession to be a guide at Iruka Hawaii. Thanks to sleeping and waking up early, doing balance exercises and swimming with dolphins, his chronic backache has disappeared.
Born and raised in Maui, Samadhi is half Japanese and half American. He loves the sea and eating. Say hi to Sam!
GUIDE (BIG ISLAND)
Born and raised in Kamakura, Japan, Tamae hobby was dancing hula. Occuring by chance or by fate, she moved to the Big Island in 2017. She was the youngest crew at Iruka Hawaii in Kona. She’s always fascinated by the ocean and gives it her all everyday to share the ocean’s charm with our guests. She’s always looking for a challenge. In 2019, she participated in her first triathlon. She has qualifications as an American Red Cross life saver.
GUIDE (BIG ISLAND)
Alishiya loves the ocean as well as family and treats it with love and respect. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and hanging out with friends. She also loves making people smile!
HEAD OF OPERATIONS (OAHU)